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Side by Side (2012)



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Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and many more. -- (C) Tribecamore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: Christopher Kenneally
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $28.6k
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Keanu Reeves
as Keanu Reeves
David Lynch
as David Lynch
Martin Scorsese
as Martin Scorsese
George Lucas
as George Lucas
Richard Linklater
as Richard Linklater
Lars von Trier
as Lars von Trier
James Cameron
as James Cameron
Christopher Nolan
as Christopher Nolan
Andy Wachowski
as Andy Wachowski
Michael Ballhaus
as Michael Ballhaus
Danny Boyle
as Danny Boyle
Wally Pfister
as Wally Pfister
Lena Dunham
as Lena Dunham
David Fincher
as David Fincher
Reed Dawson Morano
as Reed Dawson Morano
Greta Gerwig
as Greta Gerwig
Steven Soderbergh
as Steven Soderbergh
Vilmos Zsigmond
as Vilmos Zsigmond
Brad Young
as Brad Young
Adam Valdez
as Adam Valdez
Michael Chapman
as Michael Chapman
Jonathan Fawkner
as Jonathan Fawkner
John Mathieson
as John Mathieson
Don Ciana
as Don Ciana
Vittorio Storaro
as Vittorio Storaro
Terry Haggar
as Terry Haggar
David G. Stump
as David G. Stump
Andrzej Bartkowiak
as Andrzej Bartkowiak
Dick Pope
as Dick Pope
Stefan Sonnenfeld
as Stefan Sonnenfeld
Sandi Sissel
as Sandi Sissel
Jill Bogdanowicz
as Jill Bogdanowicz
Donald M. McAlpine
as Donald M. McAlpine
Tim Stipan
as Tim Stipan
Jost Vocano
as Jost Vocano
David Tattersall
as David Tattersall
Geoff Boyle
as Geoff Boyle
Dion Beebe
as Dion Beebe
Phil Méheux
as Phil Meheux
Charles Herzfeld
as Charles Herzfeld
Alec Shapiro
as Alec Shapiro
Jim Jannard
as Jim Jannard
Ted Schilowitz
as Ted Schilowitz
Anthony Dod Mantle
as Anthony Dod Mantle
Bruce Dorn
as Bruce Dorn
Jason Kliot
as Jason Kliot
Shruti Ganguly
as Shruti Ganguly
Ellen Kuras
as Ellen Kuras
Glenn Kennel
as Glenn Kennel
Caroline Kaplan
as Caroline Kaplan
Vincent Pace
as Vincent Pace
Darnell Martin
as Darnell Martin
Steve Schklair
as Steve Schklair
John Malkovich
as John Malkovich
Joel Schumacher
as Joel Schumacher
Barry Levinson
as Barry Levinson
Thomas Rothman
as Thomas Rothman
Michael K. Goi
as Michael K. Goi
Michael L. Phillips
as Michael L. Phillips
Gary Einhaus
as Gary Einhaus
Walter Murch
as Walter Murch
Edward Stratmann
as Edward Stratmann
Craig Wood
as Craig Wood
Dennis Muren
as Dennis Muren
Derek Ambrosi
as Derek Ambrosi
Anne V. Coates
as Anne V. Coates
Chris Lebenzon
as Chris Lebenzon
Lorenzo Di Bonaventu...
as Lorenzo Di Bonaventu...
John Knoll
as John Knoll
Tim Webber
as Tim Webber
Jost Vacano
as Jost Vacano
Ari Presler
as Ari Presler
Robert Rodriguez
as Robert Rodriguez
Geoffrey Gilmore
as Geoffrey Gilmore
Lana Wachowski
as Lana Wachowski
Lorenzo Di Bonaventu...
as Lorenzo Di Bonaventu...
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Critic Reviews for Side by Side

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22)

The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac).

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

...could have used more movie-specific discussions of the aesthetic implications of celluloid versus digital.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014

Audience Reviews for Side by Side

Side by Side explores the question of film's worth in an increasingly digital future. It all boils down to the simple fact that even if the format changes, the medium is only as good as the artist's ability to manipulate it to tell a story. Some filmmakers swear by film. Others by digital. But ultimately, it's the quality of the work that matters. A great documentary.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Insightful all the way through, "Side By Side" is a great documentary, filled with tons of well-known celebrities as they talk about their thoughts on the conversion from digital filmmaking and the future of the industry. There are times, although they are different opinions, that the same thing is repeated, because there is only so much you can have an opinion on about this. Let's face it, old-fashioned filmmaking, and things of the like, will inevitably die out within the next decade, and probably sooner. Most directors believe this to be the end of cinema, but I believe we are in a rut that will take a while to get out of, because we are having trouble finding the absolute best talent out there, or just settling for middle of the road. This was very interesting to watch, due to the classic directors speaking their minds on the matter, but truthfully, once they are gone, film will be dumber and dumber. So yes I am scared for the industry, because film has such a huge impact on society, but the world goes how it goes, and sometimes it is not controllable. To me, that is what this film's message really was. I really loved watching "Side By Side," and I highly recommend fans of any genre of film to watch this.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Keanu Reeves brings together a boatload of Hollywood's finest to discuss the physical and ideological issues facing cinema. It may try to force too much information into too little time if you don't know about the history and technology of film, but this documentary romanticizes the art with such passion and finesse that it stands as a reaffirmation of the power of movies and the importance of understanding their history and possible future.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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